Lockdown Pyjama Game

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When is it OK to parade before a national audience in your pyjamas? Answer: Possibly never. But too late now! My partner Jimmy wrote a piece for his weekly column…

Lady who was a Lord launches the two Lizzies

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The Elizabeth & Elizabeth novel has been officially launched by another inspirational woman, Lucy Hughes Turnbull, with her husband, past PM Malcolm in attendance. Both have a very personal connection…

And the reviews come in …

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Feeling very happy and grateful to read some wonderful reviews for my new novel, Elizabeth & Elizabeth. Historical novelist Meg Keneally says: ”it delivers a fascinating look into the relationship…

First bookshop sighting of new book

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Woohoo! First sighting of my novel Elizabeth & Elizabeth on the shelves of a bookstore. Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Wendy for sending it over. So exciting to be in such august company…

Cats unimpressed by travel award

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Trophy just arrived for my win at the annual Australian travel writers' awards -- ironically at a time when we just can't travel. The cats are the only ones happy…

Tears and fears for first novel

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It’s a strange feeling when you finally receive copies of your first novel from the publishers. It’s a mix of exhilaration – that the project you’ve been working on for…

Final cover of my first novel

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Wow! Have just seen the final version of the cover of my new book coming out in January – my first novel, an historical fiction, Elizabeth & Elizabeth. It’s the…

Time for a catnap

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I’ve been working late nights finalising all the details prior to the release next month of my first-ever novel. But Mac, my supervisor, doesn’t approve. He said it was time…

Healing Lives officially a best-seller

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Completely blown away today to discover that not only is Healing Lives No 1 in Amazon Australia’s Women’s Health list but is Number 11 in the Black and African American biographies. Considering…

Travel writing awards win

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Thrilled to win the Australian Society of Travel Writers' annual award for Best Trade and Tourism News Story of the year last night, with a story about passports.Yippee! Judges' verdict: “In…

Mamitu gets a copy of the book

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Despite the tyranny of distance, the global pandemic and worrying signs of a brewing civil war in the North of Ethiopia, Mamitu gets a copy of our book about  her…

In the summer reading catalogues

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It feels so great to have my new book Healing Lives highly recommended by the gleebooks catalogue and recommended by Dymocks. Thanks, guys!

Great feature in Daily Mail online

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Wow! Great story on my book in the Daily Mail... And 3,200 shares so far... Very exciting. Click on the headline, then here, to read it

Best-laid plans of mice and … cats

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We’re having our bathroom renovated, so moved into a pet-friendly hotel for a few nights with our two cats to spare them (and us) the worst of the demolition noise.…

Catch up with my online chat with Quentin Bryce

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Loved having a live-streamed Facebook chat yesterday with the former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce about my new book Healing Lives. She was a close friend of the late great Dr…

Happiness … seeing your book in a bookshop

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So exciting to wander into a bookshop and see a beautiful display of my latest book Healing Lives. This is in Dymocks, Sydney – Thanks guys! Just wish my surname…

With Richard Glover on ABC radio

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I was lucky enough to be invited onto Radio 702 Drive on Friday (Oct 23) to discuss my new book Healing Lives with radio legend Richard Glover. He talked about…

Another nomination

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Oh! Another announcement: I'm also a finalist in the best food travel story section of the Australian Society of Travel Writers awards. Shocked. But I'm up against tough competition! My…

Shortlisted for travel writing awards

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Thrilled at the announcement I'm one of the finalists in the Australian Society of Travel Writers' awards for 2020 with a story on passports in the Best Trade and Tourism…

Coverage rolling in

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Great publicity for the new book Healing Lives! Thanks Women's Weekly, Daily Telegraph. Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, That's Life magazine etc!! Much appreciated!